The Washington Post
10:57 PM PDT, June 16, 2011
With a week left before the NBA draft, rumors continue to swirl about the Washington Wizards and their desire to move up to land Arizona forward Derrick Williams.
Jonathan Givony of Draft Express has been reporting for weeks that the Wizards were among the most active teams looking to make a move and wrote in his latest mock draft, "There is talk that Minnesota has offered Washington a swap of the Nos. 2 and 6 picks in a package that includes JaVale McGee, but that appears unlikely unless the Timberwolves part with more assets."
Most scouts and executives believe that the NBA draft has just two possible impact players in Duke point guard Kyrie Irving and Williams, with role players and risky picks to follow.
Cleveland has been linked with Irving for weeks, but Cavaliers coach Byron Scott told Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports that the organization is still trying to determine whether it will take Irving or Williams with the No. 1 overall pick. Williams worked out with the Cavaliers on Tuesday and apparently impressed.
Williams and Turkish big man Enes Kanter were both expected to work out for the Timberwolves on Thursday, which could make it easier for Minnesota to determine the direction that it really wants to take.
Sacrificing McGee would be a huge decision for the Wizards after they spent a full season developing the athletically gifted 7-foot-1 center and watched him finish second in the NBA in blocked shots. McGee still has tremendous holes in his games, but he is just 23, is coming off a career year and tried out for Team USA last summer.
The Wizards wouldn't need another point guard, which would make moving up for Williams a serious risk, though many still believe Cleveland will still take Irving. They haven't denied interest in moving up, and any discussions would get more serious as the draft approaches.
They will be in Chicago today to work out Kanter. The 6-foot-11 Kanter has been slotted to go before the sixth pick, but he is expected to still be around in recent mock drafts by Givony and ESPN.com's Chad Ford. But the Wizards could also take Jan Vesely or Kawhi Leonard, if either player is still around. Sam Amick of SportsIllustrated.com has the Wizards going with Lithuanian center Jonas Valanciunas, though many other mock drafts have him gone before the sixth pick.
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